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What is public office?

By ‘public office’ we mean roles to which members of the public are elected or appointed for a defined period of time.  Some are behind-the-scenes, some are high profile.  But all are opportunities for members of the public to represent their community and make decisions on behalf of our Island.  Some are paid, some are voluntary and many can be combined with a full-time job. Have a browse…
Elected roles

Douzenier or Constable

Keeping your parish thriving and beautiful


Making decisions that touch our lives every day

Jurat of the Royal Court

Trusted by your community to decide serious court cases
Public boards

Business Adviser to a States Trading Asset

Influencing decisions about our lifeline infrastructure

Non-States Member roles

Bringing your expertise to a States committee

Planning Panel

Hearing appeals about planning decisions

Social Insurance Tribunals

Helping people appeal decisions about benefits payments

Child, Youth and Community Tribunal

Making decisions that support vulnerable young people

TRP Appeals Panel

Helping people challenge decisions about property taxes

Administrative Review Board

Treating complaints about States services fairly
and panels

Police Complaints Commission

Overseeing complaints made against police officers

Parole Review Committee

Deciding who is safe for release from prison

Independent Monitoring Panel

Maintaining standards of care in our prison

Independent Custody Visitors

Checking that people in custody are treated fairly

Looking for something else?

This is just a selection of the public office roles available. We will be adding to this list as new roles are advertised.

If none of these public office roles appeals to you, why not have a look at:


Guernsey’s iconic women of the future?

Thank you for nominating a young woman or girl for our future iconic Guernsey women campaign to celebrate International Women’s Day!

Nominations close on Sunday 6 March at 17.00.

Please fill in the details below.


Miriam Makeba - South Africa

Nominated by: Christine James

Zenzile Miriam Makeba (1932 to 2008), nicknamed Mama Africa, was a South African singer, songwriter, actress, United Nations goodwill ambassador, and civil rights activist. Associated with musical genres including Afropop, jazz, and world music, she was an advocate against apartheid and white-minority government in South Africa. In 2020 she was named one of Time magazine’s 100 women of the century. 

South Africa is ranked 12th in the world for percentage of women in national parliament: 45.8% (source: 

Are you from South Africa? Please email if there is a social or cultural group for people from South Africa in Guernsey.

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The original image “The Hague Jazz 2008 – Miriam Makeba” by Haags Uitburo is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0. 


Jacinda Ardern - New Zealand

Nominated by: Martin Lock

Jacinda Ardern (born 1980) has served as prime minister of New Zealand and leader of the Labour Party since 2017. In 2019, she led the country through the aftermath of the Christchurch mosque shootings, rapidly introducing strict gun laws in response, and throughout 2020 she directed the country’s widely praised response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ardern was the world’s second elected head of government to give birth in office when her daughter was born in 2018. ‘An inspiring Prime Minister who brought a nation together with true leadership, empathy and compassion.’

New Zealand is ranked 4th in the world for percentage of women in national parliament: 48.3% (source: 

Other iconic women: Dame Whina Cooper, nominated by Claire Fisher, and Kate Sheppard, nominated by Anna Cooper.

Are you from New Zealand? You may be interested in joining the ANZACs in Guernsey Facebook group

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